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19 November 2016 @ 05:47 pm
Nightvisiting is another confident and assured episode from Class. The comparisons with Buffy are beginning to appear increasingly apt, since Buffy liked to make its Monster-of-the-Week an embodiment of the personal crises and dramas of its protagonists.

Here it is Vivian Oparah's Tanya who gets to take centre stage and the episode benefits from the fact that she is, arguably, the strongest actor among the ensemble of teenagers. I particularly liked the fact that we see her intelligence at war with her emotions. She knows the appearance of her dead father promising to ease her grief is probably a trick and yet she wants to believe, and the episode allows us to see her reasoning with the creature, gradually peeling back its layers of falsehood as she attempts to get to the truth. Sadly the denouement is a little blink-and-you-miss-it, particularly since, like Doctor Who, Class sometimes fails to deliver key pieces of exposition clearly - I'm not sure if this is a sound technician problem or the tendency to deliver longer speeches very quickly - at any rate I had to look up what Tanya actually did on the Internet. That aside, it is hard to fault this episode its clear focus and self-contained execution of one thematic idea.

I feel about Nightvisiting much as I do about The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo. I can objectively appreciate its quality but I'm still waiting for the show to actually grab me. It may be that while its ideas and execution are pretty solid, it lacks much of a sense of fun (Miss Quill getting all the best lines). I think maybe its point-of-view is much more that of the teenager embroiled in the process of growing up than Buffy's (obvious point of comparison) which was always much more that of the adult looking back on their teenage years with compassion, but also with wry amusement at teenage obsessions and behaviour.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/221034.html.
fififolle: Clyde/Lukefififolle on November 23rd, 2016 07:34 am (UTC)
I liked Nightvisiting all right, but it was the next two episodes that grabbed me *g* I agree, Tanya is great!
louisedennis: Classlouisedennis on November 23rd, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, also not so excited about the next two (though I'm going to have to stop saying this in reviews or I'll sound like a broken record). I haven't seen last weekend's yet (I was away) though I like what I've seen of the premise.